Introduction: Making a Reading Bench for Children

About: Passionate of DIY of any kind, I am not of the trade (I am developer in computing) but I am self-taught and I like to learn new things. I decided to share my creations with you through photos and videos. I do…

I made this library reading bench for our daughter, Colyne.

It has 4 places to store your books, and a comfortable cushion to settle in.

Not a lot of tools: I mainly used a circular saw to cut the panels and a biscuit jointer to assemble them.



  • MDF 16 mm
  • Joining Biscuits
  • Paint
  • Plastic feet
  • Wood glue

Step 1: Plan

The plan shows the general view and the different parts to be cut out.

Everything is made in 16mm thick MDF (Except the back board).

Step 2: Cutting

The panels are cut with a circular saw. I used a wooden rail that I made.

For the sloping part, I tilted the saw at 30 °

Step 3: Assembly

The panels are assembled with "joining biscuits" and wood glue.

The back part is reinforced with screws that I hid with wood pulp.

I added 6 plastic feet which I recovered on an old piece of furniture.

Step 4: Finishing

The edges are ground with the router and the panels are sanded before painting.

Step 5: Painting

All parts first receive 2 coats of white paint.

For the 4 colors, I used paint samples.

Step 6: Final Details

For the back, I nailed hardboard that I previously painted white.

For the seat, I bought a cushion for 2-seater garden bench on Amazon.

Colyne's many books are now put away and she can enjoy her little reading corner!

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